Working with the string pieces is a lot of fun, but the water soluble stabilizer adds one more dimension of waiting to the process. It actually needs to be washed out, so of course the fabric needs to dry. I could throw the pieces in the dryer, but on a larger piece where the stitching is not extremely close, you risk losing chunks. Oh, what the heck? It’s scraps and I have plenty more to replace any that get lost in the dryer!
In two widths, no less!
So…lay out the strips, cover with stabilizer, pin, stitch…
After rinsing and before anything else is done–actually, this is while it is still wet–and now is the time I check for any big loose chunks that will fall down by shaking it around and seeing what happens.
I can see that my ‘sky’ is not level and I found a few loose parts, so more scraps and more stitching will be happening. That’s as far as I got today….oh, I did get this pinned up on the design wall.
It’s waiting for the design part of my brain to tell me what the next step is. More embellishment? Beads? Hand stitching? How am I going to attach the flowers to the background? I have decided that those little strips with the dark paint are not needed, so that’s at least one decision made!
And I’ve been asked, “Why don’t you use tulle over the top and then you don’t have to wash away the stabilizer?” Mainly, I don’t like the look of the tulle over the top! But the stabilizer really does stabilize. It’s much thicker and gives a good base for the stitches to grab onto. If I’m going to use tulle, it’s going to be for adding color and texture, not as a stabilizer.
While the fabric is drying, I’ll try to figure out what silhouette I’m going to stitch on top of that background. I want something a bit more robust than the last one I did. And this one is also taller…so much variation possible from the same pile of scraps. Love this!